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"To see their eyes light up and a smile on their faces when they arrive at school; and when you tell them you have been waiting for them to arrive."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee Spotlight

Dena Hampton
Head Start Teacher
Central Elementary
Johnson County

 

1. Tell us about your position with Head Start.

I am cuurently serving as lead teacher.

2. How long have you been with Head Start?

I have been with Head Start since August 2002.

3. What do you like most about working with Head Start?

The children are what I like most about Head Start. To see their eyes light up and a smile on their faces when they arrive at school; and when you tell them you have been waiting for them to arrive. Or when they have accomplished a skill or a goal, whether it be working and finishing a puzzle or learning to write their name. It's very exciting to watch them learn and grow in so many ways.

4. What makes you laugh the most?

The things that make me laugh the most are the little things children do and say; they say and do the funniest things.

5. What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite book?

My favorite book is the Bible, because it only has truth in it. It gives you guidance and hope.

6. What is your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is when I got to go to the "Smokies" with my family. I got to see an Indian Reservation and see a black mama bear with her cubs. It was my first time visiting the Smokies and being able to see the beautiful country and the people for the first time. It was a special memory with my family that I will always cherish.

7. What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school was spelling. I also got to compete in the spelling bee and won first place.

8. If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want to have with you and why?

I would want my husband and best friend with me, because I know I would be safe with him, and he would make a difficult situation easier to handle.

9. Do you collect anything?

I don't collect anything in particular, just a whole lot of everything.

10. What is your favorite song and why is it your favorite?

My favorite song would be "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus, because it's about everyday struggles; but it's not about when you get there, it's about how you got there in life's everyday struggles.

11. What is your favorite holiday and why is it your favorite?

My favorite holiday would be Christmas, to celebrate Jesus' birthday and spending quality time with my family. That's something I cherish.